John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor

University of Maine graduate assistant Phillip Dionne holds a shortnose sturgeon after catching it in the Penobscot River near Bangor, Oct. 13, 2008.

Why researchers are excited about spotting a pair of sturgeon in Milford

By John Holyoke on July 28, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
It marked the first time since those dams were removed that sturgeon have accessed the entire range of their original native habitat.

My mom has bats in her belfry. What next?

on July 28, 2016, at 10:16 a.m.
Pokemon Go players flock to the Bangor Waterfront recently to take advantage of lures placed simultaneously on three Pokestops in the area.

Hate if you must, but here’s why I love the Pokemon Go craze

By John Holyoke on July 27, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
If Pokemon Go can teach an old dog like me some new tricks, while also coercing the family into getting some exercise and spending time together — it’s OK in my book.

How this MDI resident helps preserve Acadia

on July 25, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
"Babes in the Woods and Waters" by Roger L. Stevens Jr. of Lincoln

Maine photographer publishes collection of baby animals

By John Holyoke on July 21, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
In “Babes in the Woods and Waters,” Roger Stevens Jr. includes more than 50 painfully cute photos of baby animals, including moose, raccoons, skunks, bears and others.

Readers report: Dogs eat the darndest things

on July 21, 2016, at 11:10 a.m.
Maine is taking part in a loon translocation project being conducted by the Biodiversity Research Institute with cooperation from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Maine donating up to 10 baby loons to Massachusetts

By John Holyoke on July 21, 2016, at 6:09 a.m.
The wildlife department has joined forces with Biodiversity Research Institute in that organization’s “Restore the Call” program.

Picture from the Past: A see-in-the-dark shotgun

on July 18, 2016, at 1:03 p.m.

Acadia has ‘pieces of childhood’ for this lobster pound owner

on July 18, 2016, at 10:09 a.m.

Bird dog in training has an appetite for money

on July 14, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
A male yearling moose walks along the shore of a pond in the Moosehead Lake Region.

What is a ‘winter tick’? And why does it matter to moose?

By John Holyoke on July 14, 2016, at 7:11 a.m.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, along with partners at the University of New Hampshire, have been working on a long-term research project over the last three years that biologists say will help them understand the answers to some key questions.

What Acadia means to the Rockefeller family

on July 11, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.

Picture from the Past: Flag-raising on Katahdin

on July 11, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.

Why Acadia National Park enchants visitors year after year

on July 08, 2016, at 11:15 a.m.

Acadia memories on an important day

on July 07, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Biologist Randy Cross of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife circles behind a chocolate-phase black bear during the department's annual spring trapping season. Bears are trapped, then released, and female bears are fitted with radio or GPS collars so they can be studied over the coming years.

Researchers capture 123-pound brown-hued black bear in Maine

By John Holyoke on July 07, 2016, at 6:05 a.m.
“It’s a brown phase that we rarely see on the East Coast. Occasionally we see it in Maine. I would call it ‘chocolate’ color phase,” said Randy Cross, who said he thought just 1 in 5,000 Maine bears would have similar coloration.
A photo of Linwood "Bud" Carroll (left) and his wife, Gwendola "Dolly" Carroll, can be seen on Friday in their home in Greenbush. The pair will celebrate 75 years of marriage on Tuesday, July 5.

‘Don’t stop kissing your wife’: Maine couple celebrates 75 years of marriage

By John Holyoke on July 02, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
On July 5, Linwood “Bud” Carroll and Gwendola “Dolly” Carroll will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. Together, they’ve raised six children and have 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great grandchildren.

Lakes are a Maine treasure worth protecting

on June 30, 2016, at 10:44 a.m.
Maine Game Warden Sgt. Tim Spahr

Maine game warden, ‘North Woods Law’ star earns Harvard degree after 7-year effort

By John Holyoke on June 30, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
Sgt. Tim Spahr is among the state’s most recognizable game wardens. But for seven years, Spahr was keeping a secret that was only made public in mid-June.
Charlotte’'s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor is full of great food and family fun.

This restaurant has lobster rolls, goat on a trampoline

By John Holyoke on June 28, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
Charlotte’s is a smorgasbord for the senses.